Monday, April 10, 2017

AWANA see a UniShow!

After a busy tour with 42 events in Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, we rolled back into Minnesota just in time for 2 AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) events on April 5th at Grace Church Eden Prairie, our home church. We presented the UniShow for 2 groups of very enthusiastic K-4th graders. Dustin not only blew them away with his amazing tricks, but he challenged each student to consider how God can use them to share His love near and far.






Dustin brought out a big inflatable globe and pointed out where we get to share Jesus around the world and where people have never heard about Him before.

  

In Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." They are not too young to surrender their lives to Jesus and to hear His calling to go into all the world and share the Good News.

Afterward, students lined up to have us sign trading cards with our photo and info on them. Some of them asked us questions from their AWANA books that they needed answered by a worker; some of them asked us questions just because. Questions varied from, "How long have you been a worker?" and "Where in the world do you serve?" to "Have you been to the moon?" and "Do you have a pet dinosaur?"

We pray this was a memorable presentation that will inspire students to see the opportunities God has for them to share His love in creative ways, with the abilities He has given them.

We met a new friend who told us he has been faithfully praying for us. Thank you Peter!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nothing hidden; this UniShow was in Plainview

On March 30th we presented our last UniShow of the month which brought the total of events this month to 25. This goes down in history as our busiest month of ministry in the USA so far. We thank God for opening doors and for using our friend Mark, with Adventures in Missions, to make so many connections.

This last March UniShow was for an all school chapel at Plainview Christian Academy in Plainview TX.





Afterward students of all ages approached us with encouraging feedback about the presentation and message.  After we packed up, as we ate lunch in the teachers lounge, a high school student sought us out wanting to hear more about how to use his abilities to serve God.  It was exciting to meet this young man eager to make his life count for eternity and a privilege to be able to pray for him and speak more into his life.

"We were so impressed with Dustin's phenomenal skills and abilities, how the intensity and pace of the program held the attention of our kids, and how his stories and comments gave the kids a great example of spiritual depth." 
- Teacher at Plainview Christian Academy

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hope Times Four


Since our outreach at the University of New Mexico was cancelled, we had an opening in our schedule. This of course was an opportunity to our New Mexico "agent" Mark, who has worked tirelessly to organize over 20 UniShow events these past few weeks.  While we were loading equipment into the community center for our UniShow event Friday afternoon, Mark was on the phone to Hope Christian School in Albuquerque booking two assemblies for Monday morning. "No rest for the righteous." He tells us.

So Monday morning, March 27th, we arrived at Hope Christian School at 6am to set up for two back to back assemblies for 900 junior and senior high schoolers.   



The chaplain said, "Our students, 6th - 12th grade were captivated by the skills Dustin displayed. He was engaging and urged our students to live for Christ. Excellent chapel services."

The Hope Elementary assistant principal came to check out the upper class assemblies.  She must have liked what she saw since she booked us for 2 more assemblies for elementary students the following day.  

Tuesday we were back at Hope Christian School at 6am.  The elementary gym was much smaller and only half of the 600 students fit at a time.  We presented two UniShow assemblies for enthusiastic and attentive students.  Even teachers told us that they, as well as the students, were inspired and encouraged.

 




Saturday, April 1, 2017

More at Sycamore

Our final show in Farmington NM was at Sycamore Park Community Center on Friday, March 24. They had activities all week for students and families during spring break with the UniShow as the grand finale.

Because it was on the chilly and windy side outdoors, we opted to set up in their gymnasium. People were lining up to enter the gym 40 minutes before the show started and kept coming in even after we began. It was a bit cozy for the 200+ people who came but it also created a buzz and energy that was contagious.

Dustin shared a message of hope and wowed the crowd with his unicycling. It was great to partner with the center manager who has such a heart for her community and is creatively bringing hope and help to the area.






Thursday, March 30, 2017

Convicted by Christ

The plan was to do an outreach outside on Fort Lewis College campus in Durango CO on Thursday, March 23rd.  However, the weather did not cooperate, and the rain and wind was not conducive to being outside performing or watching a performance.  Sadly, this event was cancelled.  But God had other plans and our plan B was most likely His plan A.

At the last minute we were invited to share instead at a weekly meeting called, Convicted by Christ for men who had been incarcerated.  About 30 men gathered and began the meeting worshiping enthusiastically, like men who had been set free, which they had, both physically and spiritually!

Dustin then did an abbreviated presentation, riding a few unicycles, juggling fire, then sharing his testimony and a message of hope in God's power to save and redeem.  He shared his favorite verse from Isaiah 40 about how when we stumble and fall, if we put our hope in God He will renew our strength and we'll soar on wings like eagles. As he shared the verse, a man stood up pointing to his shirt that had that verse on it.  These men know what it means to stumble and fall, and they are seeking the God who has picked them up and given them strength to start again on a better path.


The men were very responsive throughout the presentation, and seemed very encouraged and inspired.  This was one of our favorite events in the area.
They always end their meeting in a circle of prayer.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sagebrush Trilogy

Sagebrush Community Church in Farmington NM hosted 3 UniShow outreaches during spring break.  On Monday, March 20th, the first day of spring, we presented the UniShow for the community of Aztec NM at Koogler Middle School.


Someone was excited to see the UniShow!
On Tuesday night, we presented in Hermosa Middle School gymnasium for Sagebrush Remix Junior Highers, some from the community and beyond.  One family drove an hour from a reservation to enjoy the show after hearing about it when Dustin was interviewed on the radio the week before.




Wednesday night, we joined Sagebrush Remix High School ministry for their weekly gathering.  It was a bit windy and chilly outside but it turned out to be a fun event and students seemed to enjoy the presentation and be really impacted by Dustin's testimony and the Gospel message.  




Dustin and the Remix High School gang.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In the Eagles Nest

On the final day of school before Spring Break in Farmington NM, we had the privilege of presenting a UniShow assembly for high schoolers at Navajo Preparatory School. It was held in their sunken gymnasium they call "The Eagles Nest".

To start out the assembly, a group of students did an interactive distracted driving presentation for their peers. Students rode scooters around a cone course while attempting to text as other students threw little foam balls at them. It was entertaining and informative and got the kids warmed up and hyped to enjoy the UniShow, which it seemed they really did.





At the end of the UniShow, the principal presented us with thoughtful gifts of a book bag, notebook and insulated cup complete with Navajo Prep "Fighting Eagles" logo on them.  She was very complementary, stating that the teachers never stay for assemblies yet this time they didn't leave. Another teacher said this was by far the best assembly the students have enjoyed in a long time. Dustin was thanked by one student "for a very nerve wracking show".  Now that's what we like to hear! 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"Rock with Wings"

On Thursday, March 16th we had an all school assembly at Shiprock High School in Shiprock NM. The school was in a beautiful setting with the 1,583 ft. sacred "Shiprock" or "rock with wings" in view as we drove in.


Art work in the gymnasium.
The student body president introduced the UniShow, then the fun began. Students responded enthusiastically to Dustin's tricks and stunts and listened attentively to the message he shared, challenging them to press on through life's struggles.  He told about the only thing he has found that filled the emptiness in his life.

 



Dustin's "help" getting on the 6 foot unicycle.


It was encouraging to hear feedback from the principal afterward that the show had a strong message but wasn't preachy.

After the assembly, students met Dustin and took photos.  Many students had fun trying out unicycles.  A few worked at it for over an hour as we packed things up, making great progress.

Yearbook students took photos of the UniShow.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Unicorns and Unicycles

March 15th was a double header UniShow.  We started the day at Rocinante Alternative High School in Farmington.  We had a great time with 150 students who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the presentation and absorb the message of perseverance through life's challenges.





After the UniShow, honor students were awarded certificates for their achievements.  One student, previously a C student, had made a deal with the principal:  If she got straight A's this term, he would wear a unicorn costume for a day.  She was awarded a certificate for straight A's and Mr. Deswood held up his part of the deal and came out after the assembly in full unicorn style.  He even had a meeting later that afternoon with the superintendent.


Wednesday evening, we headed to First Baptist Church in Bloomfield for a community outreach.  Dustin presented the powerful Gospel message to an attentive audience. Students from Farmington High School brought their parents because they had enjoyed Monday's assembly so much. Other kids told us we had a great impact on their Christmas wish list. We pray the impact goes beyond unicycles and continues to point people to the Reason for the Hope that we have.